Clippers point guard Chris Paul will be out 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. Paul injured his hand in the second quarter of Monday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Per ESPN’s Stats and Information the Clippers have been more than 20 points better per 100 possessions with Chris Paul on the floor then when he is off. Los Angeles has also outscored opponents by 15.9 points per 100 possessions with Paul on the floor, the best in the NBA.

The point-God makes all of his teammates better. The fine folks at FiveThirtyEight.com created this nifty Venn diagram to show Paul’s impact on point differential per 100 possessions.

Over past two seasons, the Clips are 79-35 (.693) when he plays and 5-12 (.294) when he doesn’t.

From a betting perspective, when CP3 is on the court the Clippers have gone 58-53-3 (52.3%) ATS and 7-9-1 (43.8%) ATS when he is out.

Bottom line, without Paul the Clippers aren’t the same team straight-up or against-the-spread.


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